In a tropical country, a never ending summer is not that impossible. “We’ve got the ocean, got the babes, got the sun, we’ve got the waves,” says California band Best Coast about the Philippines (okay, it was about California). The ‘-ber’ months might be here but nothing should stop your from going out of town (especially out of traffic), for a quick relaxation. And of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a summer read.
Under the Batangas sun and over mango shakes, I found myself giggling through Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything. It tells the story of Andie Walker, daughter of a congressman and, according to Morgan herself, a Virgo. She and her friends wanted to make the most out of their summer vacation. They apply to their dream internships and got in. That is until Andie’s offer was pulled out because of the controversy surrounding her dad. So, she became a dog walker. Looking back at it, I don’t think it’s not that bad. You’re surrounded by furry animals and a cute dog owner; I don’t see why that’s not an ideal way to spend your summer vacation.
Like most teenagers, Andie becomes conflicted and she finds herself in the middle of a drama. Not just with her family, but also her friends and relationships. That’s one thing that I liked about the book: it doesn’t sugarcoat or overdramatize any problems of a real-life teenager. Life will not wait for you to “fix yourself” before you’re overcome with another hurdle. And I think that’s what make Andie a good hero.
We sat down with the author to talk about her inspiration behind Andie’s character, how to deal with rejection and making it big despite all of it.